January 2, 2010 Subject:
so many clever moments!
I laughed watching this! The plain dog with the cans tied to its tail undoubtedly by bad boys as was once common, the misspelled words on the wall, the bare knuckle pugilist who learned a lesson for wanting a fighting dog,... All in all a nice little bit of vaudeville. I couldn't help thinking our animal shelters would love to have such a convenient storage system. This wasn't about the stop action but about the comedy. Even in 1904 people weren't dim enough to think the dogs were actually made and remade. They'd seen magicians and vaudeville skits. They probably thought the dogs were shoved in or removed from the back of the box during the skit. This is a slice of life, both human and canine.
May 17, 2009 Subject:
No Animals Were Harmed
This movie needs a disclaimer "No animals were harmed during the making of this film".... I hope!
December 25, 2006 Subject:
What a strange little movie. But I liked it!
July 25, 2006 Subject:
Good Experimental Film For It's Time
This is the classic film that many amature 8mm and super8mm fans have done over the years ... the most common version is the magician - film something, stop filming, change or remove item, start filming again.
March 21, 2006 Subject:
Silly now, amazing then
I guess the unspohisticated viewers of the early 1900's found this amazing. Now a mediocre historic piece.
January 3, 2006 Subject:
I was horrified at first, then I realized what was going on! This is a classic piece of humor showcasing creativity and ingenuity.
December 30, 2005 Subject:
Does the SPCA know about this contraption?
This early motion picture is quite funny. Some rollicking piano music and intertitles illustrating the people's reactions to the machine would be a welcome addition, but it is still great as a silent film.
December 7, 2005 Subject:
short about cameras and projectors
Perhaps an allegory on cinema's ability to capture and re-animate life, with the turn of a crank. Strange indeed.